the burning face mask

June 11, 2012

Am I the only one in the entire world who has hormonal acne?  It sure feels like it.  All y’all with your beautiful skin!  Right around that time I seem to break out in those under the skin boils that are hard to see and hurt to touch?  You know the ones.  And I can’t believe I just said that in public ha ha!  To make matters worse I scar super easily when pregnant.  Weird, I know.  If one little zit goes wrong when I’m pregnant I have a scar to show and tell for the next year or so.  It’s awful.So I did some digging and found this super great mask!  I’ve only done it a few times but I really like it!  I call it the burning face mask because… um… it kind of burns.  But it’s like a good burn.  I’ve titled it on my pictures the acne scars be-gone face mask because that’s what it’s gonna help fix!

1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp honey
2ish tsp lemon juice.  (I used the juice from 1/4 of a lemon)

Mix together into a thick paste.  Apply on your face for half an hour… or ten minutes if you can’t handle the burn!  It’ll only burn for the first five minutes or so and then it sort of wears off.  Rinse the mask off with warm water and moisturize.  NOTE: If you have sensitive skin leave out or dilute the lemon.  I’m serious.  I call it the burning mask for a reason!  This is a mask and not to be used to exfoliate your skin.  It’ll hurt.  Promise.  Don’t do it!  If you leave out the lemon just use enough honey to make it paste-y.  I used the creamy honey so I had to nuke it in the microwave for a few seconds to get the right consistency.  You’re just going for a paste though, so don’t worry if the measurements are all off.

Don’t I look beautiful?  GORGEOUS!  Ha, if this mask wasn’t so awesome!  Nutmeg is an anti-inflammatory.  It’s been used since ancient times to heal many skin diseases including ringworm and eczema.  And speaking of ancient times- cinnamon.  Don’t even get me started!  It’s been used for thousands and thousands of years as an anti-fungal, astringent, anti-viral and blah blah.  Cinnamon is awesome.  And it tastes good in my hot chocolate.  You mix those two with some honey, an antiseptic, and some lemon, which people use to fade acne scars and age spots, and you get this wonderful concoction of a mask.

Again, lemon is pretty powerful.  If you have sensitive skin, leave it out or dilute it first.  This mask isn’t going to move mountains in one night but with consistent application it will lighten up marks, blemishes and scars.  No more than three times a week though please!

YAY for DIY masks!  I honestly love this mask.  It is so refreshing.  It leaves my skin feeling smooth and soft.  You’re just going to have to try it!


  • oh wow. i may have to try this! i have hormonal acne for sure! a must try! i hope i have everything at home so i can try this tonight!

  • If you are interested in the “no poo” thing and natural DIY beauty products I recommend looking at this website and these books. They have some great recommendations and starting points for doing your own stuff. My hormonal acne is so much better than it ever was with any other store bought product I’ve used.

  • I’m going to have to try this! I’m 28 & I still break out & have a little bit of scarring, so this sounds like it would help a lot. The burning scares me though….oh I know that feeling all too well! I’ll dilute the lemon juice the first time! Was your face red or dry afterwards?

  • Tried it with just a tiny bit of lemon juice, no burning at all – my skin feels awesome though…thanks for sharing!

  • I though I was the only mom with acne. I, too, get the under-the-skin painful ones and it seems there is only about a week during my cycle when I DON’T break out. I have LOTS of acne marks and will definitely be trying this out! I love a good burn. Thanks for sharing!

    • I suffered from hormonal cysts since I was 30 (4 years). I tried every product I came across that said it was good for cystic acne and nothing would help. I came across this product that someone had pinned on Pinterest and gave it a try. I use the facial wash set and the yam oil to keep from breaking out again when its that time of the month. For the first time in 4 years my skin is clear. At the start of using it I was worried that I was only making things worse but after a month my cysts were gone and have not came back!

      • Nicole

        I never comment on posts really, but I have had really bad cystic acne since I was about 12 years old. It wasn’t until I was 25 that I learned the cure after so many years in pain so I have to tell you it’s bactrim. An antibiotic for boils,that’s right boils and you get it from your doctor. I just had to share this knowledge because it helped me so much. I’m trying this burning mask as we speak and its not burning me at all but that might be because my pain my poor skin has been through lol But I’ve been trying everything to get rid of my scars so here’s hoping 🙂

  • Haha, you’re not the only one with acne. EVERYONE in my family has struggled with it at one time or another (curse you genetics.)… and I hate it when you can’t see people’s normal complexions. Gaah. But oh well. Just know that someone else has the same problem somewhere too!!

  • This is the BEST face mask! I use it all the time – it leaves skin soooo soft. Great post!

  • Oooh, I know the ones you’re talking about. They are HORRIBLE!!!! But I’m so happy to know I’m not alone! I’ll be trying this for sure! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  • I love DIY face Mask.I have a few recipes on my blog!!
    Cant wait to try it out!

  • It didnt burn at all! Is it supposed to? I didnt use lemon juice though

  • I have this same problem (except for the pregnant part!!) Thanks for sharing this – I’ll have to try it, but I do have to admit, it makes me a little nervous!

    Brie @ BreezyPinkDaisies

  • Do you have any before and after pictures to show how the scarring has gone away?

  • I’m intrigued! I’m going to have to try it. The best part is that I have all these ingredients in my kitchen already! Thanks for sharing! Found you on Pinterest!!

    ~ Ferly
    Gifts We Use {to grow, love and serve}

  • This looks really neat. I have major scars so I will definately try this! 🙂

  • How often can you use this mask?

  • I just tried this, but I didn’t have nutmeg so I used aspirin (which has similar properties) and it didn’t burn :]

    This is random, but I think we went to the same Jr. High. Were you on Student Council at FFJH?

    -Erica :]

  • I am having trouble. I can’t get mine into a paste. It is very runny. I am using pure honey. It isn’t creamy honey like you have in your picture.

    • I just kept adding nutmeg and cinnamon tlll I got it to a paste!!

    • I used an old makeup brush and painted it on, it seems thicker once its on your face.

    • i used an old makeup brush and painted it on, it seems thicker once its on your face.

    • If its too runny put it in the microwave for like 16 seconds!

      • D.C

        Wont it kill all the good nutrients by microwaving it?

  • I scar so easily too! I hate it. I have had some post acne scars that I have been working on for over a year. Horrible. I’m going to try this! Thanks

  • BB

    Great post! I’m going to try it. I do have a question… Can I pre-make a weeks worth and keep it in my fridge?

  • I want to do this really badly, but I’m honestly scared that it is going to burn my skin too much… but dang it, I want it to work on all my scars because I have them all over my body from surgeries and things.

    • Tamanu oil is a natural way to help reduce scars….I think this is more for acne scars, not surgical scars.

  • Thanks for posting this. I am going to try this on my face as well as my back and shoulders 🙂

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  • I’m trying this right now! But I accidentally made too much and I was wondering if it keeps well for future uses or if I should just throw the excess out. Thanks

    • Hi ther!!, im new to your lovely blog, I already started using this mask, for 3 days , now i just had to the tim efinnaly to subscribe in your blog,but i have a question ; for how long, should I use this mask during the week,like daily or 2 times? thx . 🙂

    • hi, im new here, just wonna knw, for hw many days can i use this maak, like every day or 2 times a week? thx

  • So the lemon juice is what makes it burn. But it’s not bad at all so don’t be afraid! And if it is too much for you then dilute the lemon or just take the mask off and leave the lemon out! It really does make your skin feel so super soft! I don’t have any before and after pictures of the acne scars as I just started using it. But if you read up on a lemon, over time it will fade away in discoloration. Glad you guys like it!

    Oh and it doesn’t last so just make a tiny bit. I know this because my husband put mine in the fridge and when I went to use it it was hard as a rock! I put it in the microwave and it just bubbled up and got really hard. So maybe if left at room temperature all day but don’t put it in the fridge! And it should last at least a week. I mean, do any of those ingredients go bad?!

  • Just wondering by any chance if anybody has tried this with stretch marks?

  • No you are NOT the only one! This is brilliant and I’m definitely going to have to try this.

  • Rae

    How often do you have to do it to see results?

  • I get those cystic pimples as well and I am on medicine for it, but another secret I have found that helps rid of pimples is VINEGAR!
    It is a natural astrtingent. I was unsure at first but I cant stop using it now! 🙂

    • Do you just put straight vinegar onto the pimples?

    • Get Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar with The Mother. Put it on a cotton ball every night and rub it on your face before going to bed. It does wonders for my face. It took a couple weeks to get the ball rolling at first, but I only get a pimple here and there once in a while now. 😀

  • I was wondering if this could be used on more areas than just your face, like your chest or back? Going to try soon though!

  • Does it have to be that kind of honey? Can it be noraml in a bottle honey? 🙂

  • I’m using this mask right NOW! The heat feeling really does go away after the first few minutes. I love it!

  • I use a similar mixture to lighten my hair. Cinnamon, honey and lemon are all lightening agents.

  • I am trying this right now, I have my sexy mask on-and my son is scared of me..LOL! I suffer from acne bad, and the scares, oh my. I am hoping this will help me. What about scars on my chest and back? Can I use it on them too?

    Thanks so much for DIY product!!

  • It’s on my face right now and I really like it! I would describe it more as a ‘warm tingle’ than a burn? Its also been about 30 minutes and its not dry, stiff or flakey at all- I can still move my face! Ive had horrible eruptions on my face that have left their marks over the years, hopefully this will help them ‘begone’! How long would you say until you started seeing ‘results’? Thanks!

    • You’re looking at about three weeks if used three times a week. And the longer you use it the more definite the results! And yes, warm tingle- that’s what it is!

  • Some people are allergic to cinnamon – but it is fine if they ingest it in small amounts like in food. My fiancee found out the hard way – we had a cinnamon soap, and he used it on his face. It made his face burn and turn red. So, if you experience unusual burning and redness in your face, this means you have a skin allergy to cinnamon. Just be careful with this one!

  • I had those as well, they would stay for months! Have you read the symptoms of polycystic ovarian syndrome? I went to an endocrinologist and was prescribed Aldactone (generic is spironolactone)and it has cured it! If anyone has any question, you can contact me at Good luck!

  • MAD

    I liked the burn, but as soon as I washed it off I noticed my skin was extremely red. Like, I can see the lines around my face where the masque was and it looks like I got a massive sunburn. Maybe I’m allergic to cinnamon? I’m not too worried, I just moisturized and put some aloe on it. I’d do a skin test on your arm before trying this on your face, for caution’s sake!

  • I would strongly suggest you have something ready to bake (I kept thinking of Christmas Spiced Nuts, a favorite in our house) while you wait for this stuff to work. I was so hungry by the time that 30 minutes up! But with 90+ degree temps here today the oven is off limits here.

    Anyway, It hurt so good! I am … closer to 50 now than 40. Have struggled with acne since my early teens and have always had scars. I had a “midlife” baby 3 years ago and my whole body went to hell in a handbasket! (sorry for the phrase but it fit.) The scars that were along my jaw line were so much more noticeable. I am really hoping that this will help that to at least fade some.

    Now, if you have sensitive skin follow the directions above! Ease up on the lemon or omit it. I have old tough skin and still my face is red right now. I am not worried tho, I figure that it shows that something was happening and next time I will cut down the lemon. My skin is soft and feels healthy!

    Thanks for sharing this tip, I am excited to see how it works out. Will also post to my blog a link to here.

    • I am wearing my mask now & the FIRST thing I thought as I was putting it on was “I smell like Christmas”.

  • using it and used a bit too much lemon since it’s runny…but good news it doesn’t sting my face at all! which surprises me since I have fairly sensitive skin. How long till you started seeing results? and how often did you use it?


    • Do not leave it on overnight! Half hour is plenty of time. I think I left mine on for twenty minutes

  • I have it on right now and I feel a tingling sensation, but definitely NOT burning. It don’t know how it will work, but it feels lovely and it smells like heaven.

  • i have it on now too. im gonna be really bummed if it leaves my face red like the one girl that commented. im kind of freaking out now. (but, im stil going to leave it on for at least 20 minutes) then maybe ill just put raw honey on it if it’s red. maybe it will soothe the red.

  • I have a sensitivity to cinnamon, so I had the red skin after. But I knew that going in and mine isn’t so severe that I’d stop breathing or anything.

    I have to suggest that you DO put this in the fridge for a bit before you use it. Goes on cold and makes it so you can get it all over your face before the burning starts. The first time I did it I had to wash it off pretty fast but my skin still felt great. Second time I accidently forgot the honey and my skin is pretty tight afterward and the burn was intense. I think the honey really helps the skin hold in moisture with this mask.

  • How long until you see the acne scars fade?
    Love this mask!

  • I could see the honey being the redness culprit if you are allergic to any of the pollens that are in the honey. This mask sounds useful, though, and I am going to try it out!

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  • I’m currently sitting here with this goop on my face. My dog is petrified of me, and I smell super yummy! It’s not burning at all though. So either I’m just one tough Mother, or my lemon wasn’t very lemony. I think I’ll try it again in a few days and see if the second batch burns. Good God I smell good!!!

  • I am using the mask right now, and it’s not burning! I was a little apprehensive at first. The only thing I did differently is that I used lemon juice from the bottle and not from an actual lemon… I don’t know if there is much of a difference. Probably, but I only feel a slight tingle around my nose and that’s it! Usually I have sensitivity to facewashes, so I was surprised that I didn’t feel a burning! :]

  • It actually sounds like you may have rosacea. I struggled with what I thought was adult acne for years before I finally went to a dermatologist who diagnosed me in seconds. I now take an oral medication (not Acutane) and use a topical medication and it has made a world of difference! He also gave me a ligtening cream for the dark acne scars. You may want to check with your dermatologist or primary care physician!

  • I’ve been using this mask regularly (3x a week) for about 3 weeks now, basically since you first posted about it. I have temperamental skin. Sometimes it’s sensitive, sometimes it’s not. Sometimes it’s clear, sometimes it’s not. The mask didn’t burn at all, and after about a week I noticed a visible improvement in the overall evenness of my skin tone. I’m very fair and deal with weird redness and blotchiness quite a bit, but this mask has really helped to clear that up. I also haven’t experienced any break outs, which I usually do when I start using a new product. It feels fantastic on and I always have all the ingredients on hand which is a HUGE plus in my book. Thank you so much for posting this!!!

  • i think i should try this as well. I am 65 and still get blemishes on my forehead and temples. mainly under the skin painful ones. so, try to beat that, being 65 and still having facial zizts. Bestest,Denise

  • Not sure what you eat…but if you do eat/drink dairy I would try to cut that out for a few months and see if most of your acne issues go away. Both my mom and me will have lots of break outs whenever we have dairy… milk, cheese, yogurt, ice cream, etc. Cheeses are the worst offender. Anyway, just a suggestion that wouldn’t hurt to try. Thanks for the mask recipe. will be trying soon!

    • Dairy causes my breakouts as well. 22 years of acne, and I finally figured this out last year. It also makes my asthma worse and my eczema flair up. Who knew?

  • I’ve had acne my whole life, well at least since 13 or so. I’m 38 now but when I was 32 I
    My dermatologist put me on accutane which just about killed me. To no avail. 6 months later I’m breaking out again! Doing some google research I discover that I may be gluten intolerate? So for a month I go on a gluten free diet and guess what? Yep! No acne… Still at 38 no acne. Even with my period. It’s not easy eating gluten free but the benefits outweigh the difficulty . My 2 cents anyway.

    • I too have had MUCH better skin after starting a gluten free diet. My skin cleared within weeks of going on the diet but then got worse for a few months as my body adjusted. Now it is consistently clear save a pimple here and there. However, I HAD to be gluten free after a diagnosis of Celiac Disease. I would never suggest anyone go on a gluten free diet without speaking to a physician. It is a very restrictive diet that shouldn’t be taken lightly. With gluten free dieting came several awesome side effects. My acne is 99% non-existent. I only get ONE zit around the time of my period (I don’t know why I get one still. I guess my body just doesn’t want to give it up.) and only get those little annoying flesh toned bumps if I use excessive sunscreen for a few days. I used to be lactose intolerant, allergic to cats and had way more sensitive skin. Now all of those problems don’t exist. Seriously, gluten free dieting is a very probable solution to skin issues but like I said, it shouldn’t be started lightly as it is a lifestyle change that may be unnecessary. You may just be allergic to something else that normally makes its way into gluten containing products (like eggs, dairy, wheat, yeast) and wouldn’t need to go full gluten free.

      All that being said, years after becoming gluten free I am still fighting the marks caused by years of acne breakouts. At 28, I can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel and with this mask I hope I can clear up those pesky marks/scars once and for all.

  • Tab

    And I thought I was the only one who scarred while pregnant! You can see every spot on my arms and hands where there was a blood draw or iv placed. I may need to try this on my shoulders. My face has never been a problem but I break out where my sports bra rubs my shoulders and back when I workout and get sweaty. All those acne scars are NOT CUTE when I put on a bathing suit! Thanks!

  • Can you use this on your back for back acne scars?

  • Can you substitute anything for Honey?

  • I can’t wait to try this mask. I’m in my mid 20s and have been struggling with acne scarring since I was 12. My only suggestion would be to use organic cinnamon and nutmeg because it is going on the face and is being absorbed into the skin. Thank you for the mask!

  • I’m wearing my mask now. I am going to work with the consistancy because mine was really grainy & I felt like I was exfoliating. It didn’t hurt though so I guess it’s not a bad thing. Did anyone else’s feel like that? I also used clover honey. I’m not really sure if that makes a difference.

    • Mine felt grainy. It didn’t hurt me either. The next time I tried it; I used more honey and a drop more of lemon. 🙂

  • Omg thank you for sharing. I love it. I have used it twice now. Best face mask ever!!!! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you

  • I LOVE this mask. i’ve used it SEVERAL times already and LOVE LOVE LOVE how my face looks! I had scars from so many years ago.

    i saw results after 2 uses! and the small was intoxicating! my dog loved it and my bf says my face smells like brownies after haha!

    i use about 5-10 drops of lemon juice, my face is too sensitive for 2 tsp. but it works just the same!!

    I use this with the Apple Cider Vinegar & water mix and my face hasn’t looked this ance-free in YEARS!!!

    • You said you use apple cider vinegar & water mix as a toner…is there a special face wash that you use with it?

    • I have been suffering from cystic hormonal acne for about 5 years since I stopped breast feeding my first child. I am 37 years old and NOTHING has worked until I started using coconut oil. I wash my face with organic virgin coconut oil then use a warm wet baby wash cloth to get it off. Then I use diluted organic apple cider vinegar as a toner and then use coconut oil as my moisterizer. I have not had a cystic pimple since using it. Including during that “special” time of the month!! Now I am using this face mask to get rid of the UGLY scars!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  • I am going to use this mask tonight before bed! I get those undergrounder zits as I like to call them. You look at them sideways and they scar up on you. Hate them, but LOVE this all natural make at home fix for them. Thanks for posting this!

  • Katrina…I love this mask. I also get cystic acne and have for 22 years. I started using apple cider vinegar as a toner am and pm. Dilute the ACV 1/2 and 1/2 with water. My skin has never looked better.

    • You said you use apple cider vinegar & water mix as a toner…is there a special face wash that you use with it? It doesn’t dry out your skin?

      • demi

        This is a very helpful tip but I would say you should only use this 2 a week because lemon can dry out your skin so staying out of the sun would help if you are gonna be using this for more then 2 times a week

  • Katrina….I also get cystic acne. I started using apple cider vinegar diluted 1/2 and 1/2 with water both am and pm as a toner. My skin has never looked better.

  • Abby,
    I have tried this mask multiple times however I cannot get the right consistency! I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong, its just very soupy. Any suggestions?!

  • Liz

    Try fanning yourself with a fan or a piece of paper while you apply the paste ! i get chemical peels every once a month or so and it makes the burning feel way more tolerable!

  • Ok, tried this finally.
    First, its a bit runny. I kept adding honey because I thought it was too much lemon juice, but now I think I’ll add more spice to thicken. I think the key is to add just enough honey to them. 1tsp was too much to start. Now I have essays too much. But, imagine if I leave it on my bathroom counter it should be ok for a few days? I mean, supposed to store honey at room temperate anyways, right?
    I didnt really feel a burn, which is too bad because, I always feel like that’s how you know it’s working!!
    When I took it off my face was horribly red and took a good 2 hours to settle. But it feels great!
    I set up 3 nights this week to see how it goes.
    I am even going to do before and after pics!

    Good luck everyone!

  • Not burning, what am i doing wrong? I’m afraid that its not working.

  • gonna have to try this!! 🙂

  • I love you for posting this!!!

  • I go to your site ALL the time just for this little treasure! I always forget how to make it! Anyway, I love this thing It makes me face feel wonderful!!

    If it okay that I am using lime instead of lemon?

  • i added some dried mint to the mix, it helped counteract the burn a bit!

  • Just used this for the first time and I love how my face feels now! It did burn for the first 5 minutes or so, but I did add more cinnamon and nutmeg since I felt it was a bit runny so this might be why. After one use my skin feels so soft and smooth and it smells so good! I cant wait till I see a reduction in my breakouts and slight scarring from past breakouts. I never really suffered from acne as a teen so to have it so bad as an adult is terrible.

  • Awesome mask, natural masks can be great. I’ve had a mask burn before but afterwards I felt like it worked out great. I’ve been an avid face mask user twice a week for years! I love to pamper my skin. I also just found a great website specifically for face masks, I can’t wait to try some new ones.

  • This reminds me of when I discovered the wonders of honey and citric acid. Trying to get rid of pimples, I had put a lot of Panoxyl all over my face, which ended up looking heavily sunburnt! For some reason I thought honey would help reduce the redness, so I took what was the only honey available at home at that time: a “cold hair wax” made of honey and sugar and calamansi. Lo and behold, it got rid of the redness AND the pimple scars!

    Every time I get pimples I spot-treat them with that cold wax, and they heal in a day or two WITHOUT scars. Makes you think why buy all these chemical BS, when the solution’s available in nature!

  • I would definitely try this one out! 🙂
    i found your blog through one of my followers.:)

  • I am wearing this rightnow and I look like I’m the choosen one from True Blood – LOL!

  • Holy Hades! It burned, but I knew it was coming and sat in front of a fan for a few minutes and it helped a lot! I had a few chemical peels years ago and that’s what it reminded me of.
    I LOVED the smell and now my bathroom smells like it because I left the little bowl on the counter over night and now I can’t wait for Fall!
    I’m excited to see the results as I’m in the same boat as all of y’all.

  • I just tried it and now my face feels as soft as baby’s skin! plus it smells like christmas! i love it!

  • I dont know if anyone will reply but i was wanting to know if i could use this on normal scars on arms & legs?? If anyone knows please comment. Thanks!!

    • for scars, you can use, either Aloe gel,or cocoa butter, every day.

  • can you use lemon extract in place of using lemon juice?

  • Thanks for your tips.

  • I just tried this and didn’t have any burning. I found that with 2 teaspoons lemon it was too runny so I used only 1.5 teaspoons. I did not have any burning sensation at all and I left the mask on for 30 minutes. My skin is so soft & smooth now! This will definitely be a staple in my skin care regime!

  • I was a dark redhead before I went grey so I have a sprinkling of freckles I also have large pores- I don’t want to lose my freckles but I’d like to refine my pores would this work for that ?- and if I forget and lick it as it’s going to smell yummy it won’t clean my tongue will it

  • JAC

    I’ve been using this for a few weeks now. If your not getting burning, you are not using enough lemon. I just use lemon from extract. I have to say that not only are my acne scares almost invisible, but I am not breaking out. I love how my skin feels after I use it. I changed the recipe a bit, added more lemon and nutmeg and just a dash of honey so it sticks together. I put it in the fridge too and it hardens a bit. But I love this and I am impressed it actually works!

  • This is awesome! I’m going to have to try it- thanks!

  • I use lemon juice in some of my remedies for skin too – mainly mixed with avocado – the acid in the lemon juice burns away the bacteria, and the protein in the avocado heals the skin – highly recommend trying this for anyone with back acne.

  • Hey hun. Just wanted to let you know that I featured this on my blog today. I would love it if you could check it out 🙂

    – Adele @ Mammy Made

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    Cant wait to try it! would lemon juice from a bottle work instead of an actual lemon?

  • anyone there got more zits after trying this face mask? I do love how smooth my skin feels after wash this mask away. I planned to do it everyday, but decide to take a break. On my second day, I got two zits on my forehead. On my third day i got more zits on my left and right cheeks. It feels too bad to leave this cheap-o face mask. FYI, I only use honey and cinnamon and leave this mask on my face for about 2 hours. Is this the problem why I got more zits? Please help 🙁

  • I tried this and I love it! Mine is not burning though, what am I missing? And how do you make a thicker paste?

  • I agree that the consistency of this is off. You need way less than 2 tsps of lemon juice and 1 tsp of honey. Next time I’m going to start with the spices and 1/2 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of lemon juice and see how that works. I think it’s easier to make it more runny than to make it more solid.

  • Is this gonna help clear up my acne?

  • I saw this and had to try it. I’m hoping it works out well. I have some scaring from acne and am also planning a wedding that is about 9 months away. I would love to get rid of some of this scaring!

    I am doing this right now and boy oh boy does it burn. I think it may actually be the cinnamon but the lemon juice may ad to that effect to. I’m about 3 minutes into my 30 minutes…. I hope the burn goes away SOON!

  • i have this one now, it tingles but it is tolerable. i used a tsp of lemon juice, and 1 tsp of honey, and thought the consitency was just right.can’t wait to see the results. i have a feeling i will be one of those people that turns red afterwards, but if it works, it will be worth it. thanks for the tip!

    • Carla

      I have it on right now, it doesn’t burn just tingles a little. It’s called the burning face mask, if it doesn’t burn will it still work?? Do I need to add more lemon juice??

      • Abby

        No it’ll still work! It doesn’t really BURN, it just tingles. So that’s great!

  • Do you think it would take away stretch mark scars??

  • I’m 28 and had breakouts as a teenager but my skin seems to have gotten more problematic in the past year. I’ve been trying this now for almost two weeks and I have seen a major difference in my skin. Now I have been doing it almost everyday and leaving it on a little longer than you’re suppose to. I think I’ll be using it only every couple of days now. I think my skin just need a kick in the butt to get it started. My skin has a more noticeable even tone and texture and I’m even breaking out less. I know she says not to use it as a scrub but when I wash it off I can’t help but scrub a little bit. I will admit I’ve probably used it too often and my skin is starting become a little dry which is why I’m going to start using only 2-3 times a week now. My husband and I move often and internationally and it seems every time we move to a different climate my skin starts to break out. I have kept the same skin care regime for more than two years now and it was working just fine until we started moving. It might be the weather, or the drastic changes in diet (Singaporean food is drastically different from German food), or that in some places I can’t find no scent laundry detergent… who knows so many factors change when we move that I don’t know what to attribute my breakouts to but this really seems to be working and the plus… I can find these ingredients no matter what country I’m in. I’m still using my regular skin care to remove my makeup. I do have one tip though, if you have dark hair like myself be careful to not let it sit on your eyebrows as the lemon will lighten them.

  • Amazing! I am going to try this for sure! Many thanks!

  • Love it. I tried this one night before bed and the next morning my son gave me hug before getting on the bus and said that I smelled like pumpkin pie. Lucky for me, pumpkin pie is his favorite thing in the world. 🙂

  • I’ve been addicted this mask and I showcased it on my blog 🙂

  • Hi! Thanks for the post! Just wanted to share that I used to get those super painful cysts under my skin all the time. It seemed as if I always had at least one. I tried everything and nothing worked. A couple months ago I was at the co-op and picked up some acne aid (tee tree&lavender oil) thinking that it probably wouldn’t work but that i might as well give it a try. I haven’t had a cyst since. I’ve always thought putting oil directly on your face was bad… I was wrong. Try it and see if it works for you too!


  • I’m pinning this to my Pregnancy SOS board on Pinterest! Both cinnamon and nutmeg, in large quantities, are uterine stimulants that should be avoided during pregnancy. It’s probable that this short-term topical application in small doses would be safe for pregnant women, but if you’re pregnant, check with your health care provider first before doing this mask regularly while pregnant. To be on the safe side, though, wait until after baby is born to work on fading those pregnancy-acne-induced scars. As long as they’re relatively recent, you should be able to fade them.

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  • I’ve just recently started getting hormonal acne. Its painful and looks horrible. Its always in the same spot along my jaw line. I was looking for some kind of cure and this mask is amazing!!! I didn’t find that it burned but it did work.

    Additional steps I did was an olive oil face wash, followed by a baking soda exfoliant, both before the mask. I hadn’t tried either before but these 3 steps worked wonders. My skin felt so good after and the next morning the cystic acne had significantly reduced.


    • Channah what do you do for the other two steps? I’m getting a bunch of acne now and I need it to go away!

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  • Kylie

    So I definitely did NOT see the “if you have sensitive skin, dilute the lemon juice.” oh my feeling the burn! But that’s OK, I can definitely tell it’s working;)

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  • Jessalyn

    You weren’t lying about the burn…hahaha. seriously, other than that I would say its working pretty good.

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  • FloridaMom

    I used to wash my face with a simple soap – OMG please dont do this! My dermatologist recommended the organic Citrus Clear products – I used their face wash and the Citrus Clear Pore Mask. Usually my face feels tight when I use a mask, and its tough to be scraping the product off. Not with Citrus Clear. My face felt soft & moisturized.

    I went to bed right after and slept for about 4 hours. I went to the restroom and was amazed at how my face looked in the mirror. Prior to use of the mask, I noticed a red lump that clearly wanted to cause trouble.

    There was no trace of it now. I’m serious.
    Also, there was a blemish on my cheek that reduced so no one could notice it! I was so happy!

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  • Anonymous :P

    Instead of lemon juice you could try rosehip oil (my fav so far is mario badescu brand) it is $20 but it is highly concentrated so a little goes a long way. Do not rub directly on face. I find it irritates existing acne when done in that manner. I put no more than five drops in my lotion mix and that works fine. Helps to remove scars and promote cellular turnover. Ever though of trying aloe vera? Could work wonders as well.

  • Muna

    I love this. I am actually using cinanmon and honey alone, I guess I need to add nutmeg to see the effect. I am currently suffering from serious acne that looks like boil, very painful.

  • Chery;

    Hi I am definately going to try this today.. i Just wanted to kno if i can do a papaya scrub and steam my face before applying the mask

  • Meagan

    I have used this mask twice and it seems like the next days I’ve gotten a rash. I used it this past Friday and I still have the rash…tiny little bumps all over my face. Very itchy and burns a bit….did I do something wrong? Also after the mask I used Rosehip Oil both times…could that be the problem?! Also, do you have any suggestions how to soothe this rash? last night I put a Benadryl gel on and it did nothing.

  • artyny

    I have tried dozens of masks over the years, and I have spent a small fortune. Each one promised the world. Some were good, but most did NOT help my acne. I tried this one you recommended, but the Citrus Clear Extracting Mask is a miracle for my sensitive, acne-prone skin. I have the beginnings of wrinkles, especially around my eyes. My pores are so huge that I am sure you can seem them from the Space Shuttle.
    This Citrus Clear mask has worked wonders on evening out my skin tone. I find myself petting my face afterwards because it is so smooth, too!

    Even on my sensitive skin, I haven’t had any major irritation.

  • Angie

    I dont know if anyone asked this before me but I was wondering if you actually used this mask during pregnancy and if its safe.

  • keverino

    I cant seem to make it into a thick paste. I Don’t want to use up all my nutmeg and cinnamon by overcompensating with it. Also can i make x3 batch of it and keep it for 6-7 days. Will the lemon juice acidity break the other things down?

  • Amanda

    I am suffering from adult acne–a lovely gift from heredity. Although my dermatologist keeps pushing laser treatment, it’s quite expensive and also wouldn’t happen for a few more months and my scars are not pretty. I was wondering if this mask would help with pitted scars? I tried the lemon/sugar scrub, but stopped using it after my breakouts became worse a year back.

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  • kt

    I just did a mask like this but mine was one part honey one part cinnamon and it did not burn at all while I had it on but when I took it off I had bright red skin and it hurts badly, it looks like I have a really weird sunburn. I was just commenting to let anyone know that if you have even slightly sensitive skin (I don’t I’m not sure what’s wrong) you should probably not use too much cinnamon either.

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  • shar

    I would screw this up!! It ended up being very watery and not like a paste. any suggestions?

  • sync

    Tried this yesterday, but having read about the mask being a bit too burning and leaving red marks, I wanted to be on the safe side. Make sure not to overdo on the cinnamon! Furthermore, I just squeezed a lemon wedge over the mixture for a few seconds, and left the funky substance on my mug for 5-6 minutes rather than 10 or even 20 minutes. Then I carefully rinsed it off, moisturized and went to sleep smelling like an experimental apple pie.
    The result? When I woke up, my skin felt dreamy, it was so soft! Two larger zits that had been incredibly inflammatory had definitely toned down both in size and in redness, I couldn’t believe it. Couldn’t stop pawing at my face, either, it hadn’t felt that soft in ages.
    In other words, even in a much, much weaker version (and with supermarket honey, which apparently is much less effective than the organic, raw stuff) it has a noticeable effect. Definitely going to cautiously build up the use of this mask! And don’t forget to test it out on a patch of skin beforehand. It doesn’t *have* to burn to work!

  • Rose Ngatai

    i tried this tonight and omg it was burning like hell i added a lil apple cider vinegar too my face was red after i washed it off but face is so smooth